Groundbreaking set for new UnityPoint – St. Luke’s ER in Marion

St. Luke's Marion ER
UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's new Marion ER building is seen at 3301 Armar Drive. CREDIT UNITYPOINT HEALTH.

A groundbreaking will be held Thursday, July 13 for the new UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital emergency room facility in Marion.

The ceremony is set for 3 p.m. July 13 at the new ER, located at 3301 Armar Drive in Marion.

The new St. Luke’s ER in Marion was announced in February. This extension/satellite emergency department will offer fast, efficient, and high-quality care similar to that offered at St. Luke’s main emergency room in Cedar Rapids.

The St. Luke’s Marion ER will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year and will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine providers from East Central Iowa Acute Care, which currently serves St. Luke’s main campus ER, along with nurses, patient care technicians, and other health care professionals.

Like any hospital emergency department, the new St. Luke’s Marion ER will be equipped to treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a higher level of care than urgent care clinics offer.

“Opening an off-campus ER in Marion helps us serve this community better by offering a faster, closer, more convenient option for timely, lifesaving emergency care,” Dr. Ryan Sundermann, St. Luke’s Emergency Department medical director, said in a release in February announcing the new facility. “No matter what the emergency, the new ER is equipped to handle everything from minor conditions to stabilizing treatment for major conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Time is of the essence in emergency care. This Marion location will save valuable minutes for patients and their families.”

St. Luke’s identified Marion as an ideal location due to its fast-growing population and community expansion projections. The new location will be crucial to the Marion community as well as northeast Cedar Rapids and surrounding eastern Linn County communities to receive fast, critical emergency care. Access to emergency medicine physicians close to home for residents will save lives and enhance patient recovery.

The new Marion ER will feature:

  • Full-service emergency care – services like those offered at St. Luke’s Main Cedar Rapids ER.
  • 12 private treatment rooms
  • Advanced imaging for diagnostics and testing, including CT, X-ray and ultrasound
  • On-site laboratory and pharmacy
  • Online ER Check-in and ER Passport

The new ER facility is anticipated to open in the summer of 2024.

In January, Mercy Cedar Rapids announced its second off-site, hospital-based emergency department extension in Marion. The location is also expected to open in 2024.